The Hollywood Reporter : ‘Bully’ Director Slams MPAA For 'Great Hypocrisy'

April 3rd, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2012
by Etan Vlessing

Bully Still Alex in Rain - H 2012TORONTO — Bully director Lee Hirsch slammed the MPAA on Monday night for slapping an R rating on his film while it constantly gives PG ratings to studio pictures filled with gratuitous violence.

“I’m no expert on the MPAA, and there’s lots of big issues, but one thing I realized is there’s a great hypocrisy in allowing films that glorify — and even sexify — violence to get PG and PG-13 ratings time and time and time again,” Hirsch told a Toronto audience after the Canadian premiere of his film. “And for them to then bring down the hammer on a film like this, on behalf of family values, seems to me totally out of whack.”

Hirsch insisted he never imagined Bully would receive an R rating when he was shooting it two years ago.

“Even beyond our premiere, I still hadn’t thought about the rating,” he said. “Then it came up that we might get an R (rating) because of language, and I thought, ‘This is insane.’ “

Then came an appeals process before the MPAA, where The Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein appeared alongside Bully teen Alex Libby.

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